1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 4, 2020 3:40 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking report by US Army regarding soldiers buried near Mexico City


      Where can I find the report by the US Army that located approximately 750 soldiers that died in and near Mexico City in August and September 1847 and reburied them in the Mexico City American cemetery between 1851 and 1854? In the 1850 appropriations bill for the US Army, approved 28 Sept, 1850, $10,000 was designated for a cemetery near Mexico City "for such of the officers and soldiers of our army, in our late war with Mexico, as fell in battle, or died in and around said city", The money was "to be expended under the direction of the President of the United States". Two acres were purchased for the cemetery in June, 1851 and by 1853 about 750 soldiers who died in and around the city in August and September, 1847, had been found and moved to a common grave in the cemetery which is now a National Cemetery. I am looking for the report of the detail that did this work to determine how they found the graves and if any remains were identified.

        • Re: Seeking report by US Army regarding soldiers buried near Mexico City
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Chaplin,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Consolidated Correspondence Files, 1794 - 1890 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) and Letters Received, 1801 - 1889 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107) that may have correspondence on this topic. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


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